Contrary to popular notions of a “culture war,” this poll shows that while there are differences among different groups on social issues, most Americans prefer a moderate, pragmatic approach to dealing with abortion, stem-cell research and gay marriage. This poll includes religious demographics.
The study shows that despite an intense surge in religious activity and expression in the weeks immediately following the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the faith of Americans is virtually indistinguishable today compared to pre-9/11. Barna’s tracking surveys looked at 19 dimensions of spirituality and beliefs. None of those 19 indicators are statistically different from the […]
Substantial minorities of Americans admit to having negative feelings or prejudices against people of the Muslim faith, and favor using heightened security measures with Muslims as a way to help prevent terrorism. Personally knowing someone who is Muslim — which 41% of Americans say they do — corresponds with more favorable attitudes on these questions.
Americans support the role of religion in public life but are bothered by both liberal and conservative methods: 69% said liberals are too secular, 49% said conservatives are too assertive. The poll also examines perceptions of each party’s “friendliness” toward religion and respondents’ association with the religious right or the religious left.
There has been a gradual decline over the past 30 years in the percentage of Americans who believe that the Bible is literally true and the actual word of God. About three out of 10 Americans continue to profess belief in a literal Bible today, about 10 percentage points lower than was the case three […]